Thrushcross Grange in Wuthering Heights: Description & Quotes

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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte, Thrushcross Grange is a nearby home that is markedly refined, ornate, comfortable, and well-tended. In this lesson, we will learn more about Thrushcross Grange and the people who live there.

The Neighbors

In Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Thrushcross Grange is the home of the Lintons. Although it is only four miles away from Wuthering Heights, these two residences are worlds apart. Let's find out more about Thrushcross Grange.

The Property

We are first introduced to Thrushcross Grange when Lockwood, the narrator, rents it from Heathcliff. After Lockwood visits his landlord at Wuthering Heights, he is perplexed why Heathcliff would choose to live at Wuthering Heights when Thrushcross Grange is such a preferable option. Lockwood narrates, 'With this intention I asked Mrs. Dean why Heathcliff let Thrushcross Grange, and preferred living in a situation and residence so much inferior.' There is much more to a home than its appearance, but it's clear that the Grange is an impressive residence, even after all of these years.

First Impressions of Thrushcross Grange

Even before 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,' people have found ways to inquire about the way of life of those above their station. Out of curiosity, Heathcliff and Catherine sneak to Thrushcross Grange as children to see how the other half lives. Heathcliff explains, 'Both of us were able to look in by standing on the basement, and clinging to the ledge, and we saw - ah! it was beautiful - a splendid place carpeted with crimson, and crimson-covered chairs and tables, and a pure white ceiling bordered by gold, a shower of glass-drops hanging in silver chains from the centre, and shimmering with little soft tapers.' Catherine especially is taken with the exquisite property, particularly after the Lintons take her in and care for her after she is bitten by one of their dogs. Heathcliff, however, is not welcomed and has no real interest in the place. After several weeks of recuperating at the Grange, Catherine returns to Wuthering Heights as a refined socialite.

Heathcliff and Catherine's first experience at the Grange is symbolic. Thrushcross Grange represents wealth and social standing. In the beginning, neither is part of that world, but Catherine's interest becomes stronger as she is welcomed into this new world by the Lintons. Heathcliff's interest in the Grange is as a spectator only. He does not fit there and does not want to be part of the world of refinement any more than the Lintons want him there. It is the first time that Heathcliff and Catherine, who claim to share a soul, are divided by their desires.

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